Thursday, 17 July 2014

Cinematic crybabies: 5 actors who are great at tearing up

Anne Hathaway as Fantine in 'Les Miserables'.

Anne Hathaway as Fantine in 'Les Miserables'.

Here are some actors who prove to be very good at crying in films.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Four-time Oscar nominee Leonardo DiCaprio certainly knows a thing or two about crying.

DiCaprio earned his first Oscar nod in 1994 as a mentally-challenged young boy Arnie in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. In one scene, Arnie walks into his mother’s room. He asks her to wake up, only to be heartbroken later when he realises that she is dead.

Then in Romeo + Juliet, DiCaprio wails as he lies next to his lifeless lover (played by Claire Danes) and spew Shakespeare like its the 15th century again.

Then there’s DiCaprio crying his heart out in Titanic, Shutter Island, The Aviator and most recently, The Wolf Of Wall Street.

It’s a mystery why the Oscar continues to elude DiCaprio’s grip. Perhaps whenever DiCaprio cries in movies, he’s thinking about how the Oscar that will never be on his mantelpiece. Angelin Yeoh

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway cried her way to an Oscar victory in 2013 when her character turned on the waterworks while singing I Dreamed A Dream in Les Miserables. (Did you know, she nailed the scene in just one take?)

Unlike other crybabies on our list, Hathaway has a tendency to play strong, independent characters like Fantine who perseveres despite the odds. It’s only when she can take it no more that she gives in to her tears ... which makes it all the more affecting.

Similarly, in Love And Other Drugs, the actress played Maggie, who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, who decides to walk away from her lover and cope with the disease alone. But in a scene towards the end, Maggie confesses to him, “I’m going to need you more than you need me,” before being reduced to a pool of tears. – Kenneth Chaw

Shah Rukh Khan

When it comes to crying in movies, every other actor is a pretender compared to Shah Rukh Khan. In romantic comedy Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Shah Rukh watches in agony as best friend Anjali (Kajol) prepares to get hitched to fiance Aman (Salman Khan).

Then, in the period piece Devdas, the actor plays an alcoholic wasting his life away after ending his relationship with childhood sweetheart Paro (Aishwarya Rai). In one scene, he tearfully utters the line: “Why do her memories haunt me even when I’m intoxicated?”

In Kal Ho Naa Ho, Shah Rukh breaks the heart of heroine Naina (Preity Zinta). Later, he reveals to his mother that he does love Naina. But he can’t pursue a relationship because of his fatal heart disease. In a scene set in the rain coupled with melancholic music, a suffering Shah Rukh tells his mother that his heart is literally breaking.

From comedy to drama to elaborate song and dance numbers, Shah Rukh Khan will make you cry in everything he’s in. – AY

Natalie Portman

Just like Anne Hathaway, Portman nailed her traumatic V For Vendetta head-shaving scene in one take. Unlike Hathaway, she didn’t win the Oscar. But it’s OK as Portman eventually nabs the Oscar for her turn as the long-suffering ballerina in Black Swan.

In the British drama Closer, Portman shared an agonising breakup scene with Jude Law’s character. As Law’s character prepare to leave her for another woman, Portman cried “Why isn’t love enough?”.

Even in another galaxy far far away, Portman can’t stop the tears from falling. In Star Wars Ep III: Revenge Of The Sith, a heartbroken Portman said to rogue Anakin Skywalker (remember Hayden Christensen?): “I don’t know you anymore. Anakin, you’re breaking my heart …”. – AY

Elijah Wood

There is just something inherently sad about Elijah Wood’s face in The Lord Of The Rings trilogy. From the moment he is tasked with carrying the ring, the sadness sets on his face.

Kudos to Wood who is able to showcase his character’s gloomy disposition so well that tears are welling in his eyes, ready to roll down his smooth cheek on demand.

LOTR isn’t the only movie Wood has showed his tears. In The Chain Of Fools, back when he was a 19-year-old playing a 17-year-old hitman, there is a scene in which he bursts into tears. One reviewer describes the scene in which Wood is crying like a little girl to be an iconic moment in the film ... also a very funny one.

The reviewer from wrote: “Elijah, head down and sobbing says (in a high pitch baby’s whine) ‘I’ll make the hit’, is just so pee-in-your-pants funny.”

As it turns out, Wood is not immune to crying off screen. In an interview, he has said: “I’m hopelessly romantic! I love romantic movies and very often cry like a baby watching them.” Mumtaj Begum

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Tags / Keywords: Anne Hathaway , Les Miserables , Love And Other Drugs


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